The Way of Men

Narrated by: Jack Donovan
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2,746 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

What is masculinity? Ask 10 men, and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world. If you've ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you.

©2012 Jack Donovan (P)2015 Jack Donovan
What members say
Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,635
  • 4 Stars
    586
  • 3 Stars
    225
  • 2 Stars
    137
  • 1 Stars
    163
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,236
  • 4 Stars
    523
  • 3 Stars
    326
  • 2 Stars
    156
  • 1 Stars
    174
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,461
  • 4 Stars
    449
  • 3 Stars
    220
  • 2 Stars
    115
  • 1 Stars
    159

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Needs to be re-recorded

Author/Narrator is good, but technical glitches take away from the book.

Content is very interesting.

21 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A book I plan on reccomending my sons

Where to start? An amazing book which makes you understand yourself as a man better, and how we fit into this world.

It addresses and answers so many questions a man goes through life asking himself. What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a good man? What does it mean to be good at BEING a man?

Most importantly. This book talks about what sort of lifestyle/society humanity had come from, and the dark direction we are going towards. It does get a bit dark towards the later chapters, but all throughout it is attention grabbing and interesting book.

It talks about topics of survival, masculinity, femininity, strength, courage, mastery, honor, society amongst many.

Chapter 13 was the one that hit home the hardest, look forward to it.

Give it a try, it was really a great book which I plan on letting my sons read. It will help you understand yourself better, what more could you ask for, for a mere 15 bucks?

Only reason for 4/5 Performance is that a small portion of the book, had choppy recorded audio and skipped. But it went away as book progressed. The book is narrated by the author, which conveys the information smoothly.

Some related books one might also read after this: No More Mr Nice Guy By Robert Glover and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

39 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Blow your Brains out!!!!

I was assigned by one of the presidents of the Motorcycle Club that I am prospecting for to read this. I started the book off with a mindset of... let me just get this task done so that I can appease him. After the first two chapters I found myself intrigued, addicted, blown away by the morals and values of what Jack Donovan was preaching.

I'm looking forward to getting started on his next book

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • T
  • 04-30-18

A good primer for more in depth exploration of men and masculinity

As a man that leads hundreds of men in the topics pertinent to men and masculinity, I have some issues with some notions Donovan presents. The balance between brawny and intellectual representation of masculinity is missed and shows a lack of finesse. There are times to be the traditional warrior, times to be the diplomat, and times to be both. Yet, the presentation is geared more toward the warrior who has little skill in being a diplomat and near zero capability toward being both.

I would certainly recommend this book as one of many books for men who are interested in the topic should read in order to expand their understanding of the full spectrum of perceptions and opinions on the matters discussed. But if you are looking for a book that will be a great guide into the world of masculinity and men, this book would be dangerous to base your future thoughts and conversations on. It’s off the mark enough to make you more hazard than help.

21 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Eye Opening Introspective Look

Jack has written one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. Chapter 13 especially made me realize how society uses men and seeks to replicate pseudo masculine activities in an effort to placate men to get them to do it's bidding. I look forward to reading another book by Jack Donovan, Becoming A Barbarian, which was not available on Audible at the time this review was written.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately, quite understandable

As a female with a nurturing side I rebel at the presentation, but as a philosopher that studies innate natures this was quite enlightening. I thank Donovan for saying it as plainly and intelligently as he did. Good job.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

audio was a little off.

Audio skipped a little. The book was a look into my heart,.Thanks for a voice for "us".

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book

A very important book for those red-pilled among us. If you're looking for a thorough investigation into the nature of man, I can only think of one other book as important as this one. "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge, which is referenced in this book.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A great amoral look at masculinity from the roots

If you could sum up The Way of Men in three words, what would they be?

Direct. Practical. Colorless.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was done by the author so I give it points for that. I like to hear from the author when possible and Jack Donovan is very clear yet a bit gritty and tough sounding so it worked. However, it was slower than I preferred, yet that may be due to the writing style as well; shorter sentences with bold and direct phrases.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The chapter on Honor was just excellent! There were several points in the book where I though, "Hell yeah...this guy gets it!" I didn't always agree with the evolutionary comparison between men and chimps but it served to get the point across. There are a lot of funny phrases in the book as well and Donovan delivers them with the kind of dry humor most guys really get.

Any additional comments?

For a society that has lost much of what raw, innate masculinity looks like, this book really helps. Donovan strips away any moral conjectures we tend to start from or surround manliness with and goes straight to how men function when our backs are against the wall and we need each other to survive. For a Christian, such as myself, this is a refreshing point of view as I typically hear about manliness in the higher ethics and moral discussions. However, Donovan sets a foundation for how and why men respond, see, compare, work for, and honor, each other, essentially saying it is built-in and it is for survival. He also does a good job of building the case for manliness while calling out the lunacy of our modern efforts to find alternatives to the survival gang or living as men: porn, gaming, sports, work, etc. He does this in a humorous and direct way. Phrases like "The Noble Masturbation Society" are just hilarious, but the kind of funny that is both true and crude...the kind of humor men enjoy most.All in all it was a good book, but stops short of answering a lot of the questions modern day men have about being a man. I know that was not the intent and perhaps The Way of Men is really The Way of Men: Part 1. For what it is though, it is a good read that should get men engaged in a discussion about how to hold onto the raw masculinity while growing in the higher ethics\morals as well.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

If it wasn't for the glitches it would have gotten 5 stars

There are a bunch of glitches or possibly editing that's not done well in the beginning and a little more though out the rest of the boom here and there. A little annoying but not unbearable. Over all a great book! I plan to pick up multiple copies to give out to friend and family for birthdays and other gifts.

13 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for wulfgar
  • wulfgar
  • 10-06-15

every man

I wish I had this book when I was 15. I must read for any true man.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for F. Vermeulen
  • F. Vermeulen
  • 12-06-18

Couldn’t get past the 3rd chapter

The first chapters were so full of empty and obvious statements that I couldn’t get any further. On the upside the guy sounds like Keanu Reeves in Point Break.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr Stephen A Daws
  • Mr Stephen A Daws
  • 08-15-18

a must read for every man.

A must read for every man. A clear presentation of how society and civilisation has damaged Man's identity and lead to disconnection from our core natures to the detriment of men and women

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-18

interesting listening

Very good, it has a slow start but then it keeps getting more and more interesting. The audience it is aimed at are clearly men and all men should give this book a try. It really helps to understand what is the essemce of being a man. And Jack has a nice voice, so I overall enjoyed it very much.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mike
  • Mike
  • 03-25-18

content good. some performance issues

content good. some performance issues. skipped a bit. not sure if my phone or the recording.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Richard Acquaye
  • Richard Acquaye
  • 12-28-17

Words from an father or uncle I wish I had

If you could sum up The Way of Men in three words, what would they be?

Retrospective, reassuring and aspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the contrast between men of old to men in this day and age. Jack describes man's need for skill mastery and strength in order to attain social standing. He also explains the need for male company, camaraderie and team work.

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, I have my dad and uncles in my life but I haven't felt they've been rolemodels to pull me aside and grant manly wisdom. Though I've sought their guidance, most times i'm given generic anecdotes or no answer at all which leaves the women to raise the most of me.

But I digress... I recommend this book to any boy approaching adulthood or any man deemed as a "nice guy".

My only gripe with this audiobook is when Jack always says "Quote" when referring to a quotation.

In my opinion i'd prefer

"As the saying goes: {quotation}. {author, year}" or "{author} once said, {quotation}"

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Edward Corby
  • Edward Corby
  • 09-28-16

A must read for any man feeling lost

Jack Donovan strips masculinity down to it's raw elements and clearly explains what makes us men. He explains where masculine ideals come from and what they mean in modern society and in a civic sense.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-17

A great book

A very, very good book and well worth a read, you will learn lots and it will motivate you. However it spends alot of time just telling you to establish a tribe or 'gang' of good mates in alot of different ways. It's good to hear it in the author's own voice and I smashed it out in two days, I also loved chapter 13, it really sent shivers down my spine!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-20

Well Written

The book is a great philosophical insight to the nature of men. it is well written and provides some good advice on steps you can take to become more in touch with your masculinity. It is a book you need to listen to several times before grasping all its concepts.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gabriel27
  • Gabriel27
  • 05-04-20

Good read

It is a good analysis on masculinity and how it is viewed in the present day.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Thomas
  • Thomas
  • 09-17-19

Kick in the teeth

Good fun listening to this during a workout, or musing on great and terrible conflicts in humanity's future. If Brave New World dystopias disturb you enough, this book contains some alternatives, albeit horrific and painful alternatives.

The distinction between being a good man and being good at being a man helps chop through propaganda and spin pouring out from other sources.

Surprisingly, I did not find this as misogynistic as most critics suggest. He clearly disdains feminism and candidly throws harsh truths at women, but there is no hatred towards women. Instead, the hatred is directed at 'the man', the state, the elitists, the alleged globalist bureaucrats and big corps behind this meaningless empire. This is typical anarchistic, anti-capitalism, anti-nationalism rage against machine stuff, so the idea people have asserted that this piece is somehow 'right wing' is laughable.

Anyway, as I said, good fun during a workout.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Adrian
  • Adrian
  • 10-17-18

yes

awesome. recording was a bit skippy. but otherwise a solid book with some extremely thought provoking ideas

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Grant Cowan
  • Grant Cowan
  • 11-21-17

Poor recording

This is a poor recording, skipping all over the place cutting out words making it frustrating to listen to.
How about you pay a professional reader to read your book. Also pay for a professional recording. it sounds like your recording this on your phone.
I'm not angry at you, just disappointed.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nathan Jahja
  • Nathan Jahja
  • 06-14-20

wtf is with the audio. I’ve never heard an audiobook as crappy sounding like this.

The audio is absolutely horrible. Lots of static white noise sound and the author’s voice goes up and down is certain moments. Really dissatisfied with this purchase and will be refunding.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-19

A great book for men

Amazing work by Jack, a book written by men for men. i highly recommend this

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-22-19

Was a rollercoaster straight into hell

Fantastic, wonderful, interesting... opening.
Once you get past half way the author rips out the breaks and just goes into free fall. The second half felt like a comedy and the last chapter was so funny it's was worth the money alone. Felt like a long complaint about what America was like when the book was released.

Observations by the author were poignant however the conclusions feel half baked.
Audio had 3 jumps or breaks so could have been better there but nothing to ruin the experience.

5 stars, would listen to it again.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-19

Fantastic book. This is a must read book for all

This book was balanced and acurate. however, would never been seen as so by those that arent the oppressed.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-18

Good with a strange ending

Good setup through 2/3 of the book. The ending I found a bit strange.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lobby
  • Lobby
  • 10-07-17

Painful!

The most painful book I've ever listened to. Made 56 min by the skin of my teeth. If you want some baseless information on how to be a man this is the book for you. There's no facts in this just the thoughts that are coming to his head while he strokes himself

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Neil
  • Neil
  • 01-03-17

Amazing observation on PC culture<br />

At first Jack's narration threw me off a little as he was getting into the rythm of the book but eventually i grew to enjoy it and this book is exceptional!!! i implore anyone who is seeking an explanation and direction in this PC and feminized world of too much red tape and male isolation. I am a fan.

1 person found this helpful